Best regards, Bill
Colas 70809 powers through Ivybridge station with the 6C36 the 07.17 Moorswater - Aberthaw cement wagons.
N.B. Aberthaw works is about five miles west of Barry.
Many thanks Clive.
Soggy S Wales this morning.
Cardiff Central this morning, a very wet and gloomy day after several weeks of fine dry weather. Colourful ex East Midlands Trains 153310 with Transport for Wales liveried 153312 both stand in platform 3 on the 1W07 1037 Manchester Piccadilly service with GWR Turbo 166215 in P2 on the 1F13 1030 to Portsmouth Harbour. At the same time 60015 came rumbling through on a well loaded 6H25 0920 Margam-Llanwern steel coil train. Freight in South Wales seems to be holding up reasonably well despite the current world situation. Guy Vincent
Many thanks Guy for your bright and cheerful images on such a dull day.
Moving a few yards east from the mouth of the Severn Tunnel we see 6667X climbing away with the 484B Wentlog to Southampton. 16th June 2020. Copyright Mark Aston. The Severn Beach branch once continued to Pilning Low Level passing across the top of the tunnel. In the distance can be seen the towers of the Severn Road Bridge.
A few CRS members may recall that many years ago on a minibus trip we stopped near the lower location and were able to tread a well worn path used by enthusiasts to obtain this view. This location is now securely fenced off!
Many thanks Mark for the dramatic pictures.
Recents & Oldies
Some recent workings down west have included a visit from a class 143 (two infact), and a transfer of the Night Riviera stock from Reading to Long Rock. This results in both sets being in Cornwall. Some confusion about crew familiarization runs commencing, or the NR starting in service again soon. Either way, it's nice to see Long Rock housing three class 57s at the moment. The 143 is seen returning east at Restormel among the foxgloves with 150239 in tow bound for Exeter. I was out here in 2019 waiting for the evening sand trains in the sunshine, waht a difference a year makes. The sleepers heads west at Dobwalls on 5th June. A huge amount of work achieved by Ground Control clearing vegetation in the area. This view never before seen as Sperritt Tunnel is the vantage point for this. The loco was struggling here, and the train was looped at Lostwithiel and 57605 called for to assist onward from there to Long Rock. (Image 349-351) I've recently scanned some Bristol pictures of the 43183/43185 Great Western new livery launch. I accompanied the train from Bristol St Philips Marsh to Temple Meads for the launch in the bay platform 2. I dont have a date for this, does anyone remember it? (image 427) Finally for today, I found a negative which hasn't scanned particularly well, but shows 31286 working the late running excursion in 1982 through Hayle. We waited all blooming evening for this, and it was nearly dark by the time it passed through. There has been a lot of class 31 interest lately. Kind regards for now
Many thanks Craig.
I was over at Chetnole today (17th June 2020) to see the Tyseley to Bristol High Level Sidings, via Weymouth, Test Train, which produced 67027 and 67023. Fortunately the weather stayed dry. Please see photos.
Best regards, Bill
Many thanks Bill.
17th June 2020 - 09.44 - Test train (reporting code - 1Z22) running from Birmingham (Tyseley) to Bristol via roundabout route (via Evesham, Oxford, Swindon, Westbury, Yeovil, Weymouth, Frome and Bath). It passed me 6 minutes early - 1-44 pm - at one stage it was much earlier! 0945 - The tail end of 1Z22 passing Marston footbridge 0956 - A Swindon bound "flying cucumber" as some railway enthusiasts call them!
Many thanks Ken.